Chris Williams was hardly the toast of his recruiting class.
An unheralded offensive lineman from Baton Rouge, La., he arrived at Vanderbilt in 2003 to little fanfare, rated just two out of five stars by recruiting analysis firm Rivals.com.
But in April, Williams left the Commodores as a first-team All-Southeastern Conference tackle, selected with the 14th overall pick by the Chicago Bears in the NFL Draft.
“That gives you a really good indication of how valid those things are,” Dale Weiner, who coached Williams at Catholic High School, said of the recruit ratings. “You can have all this projected status. Some surpass, some disappoint. It’s not an exact science, no matter what anybody says.”